University Centre Farnborough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Surrey

Photography (Top-up)

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Course summary

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Complete your photography studies with our one-year top-up degree. This programme will enable you to ‘top-up’ your existing skills and qualifications into a full honours degree, if you have previously studied a HND or foundation degree in photography. This top-up degree starts each September and is awarded by the University of Surrey. • Taught over two full days per week, the course gives you more flexibility in balancing work or family commitments • Recent gallery trips have included Paris Photo (Paris), Foam (Amsterdam), Bauhaus (Berlin) and Fotomuseum (Antwerp). • This degree could lead to careers in photography areas as diverse as advertising, editorial, fashion, fine art, PR and documentary filmmaking • Guest speakers have included documentary photographer Mark Neville, fine art photographer Claire Strand and editorial photographer Daniel Stier • During your photography degree, you will be working with small to large format cameras, studio lighting, digital post-production suites, Adobe software, traditional darkroom facilities and much more If you are interested in creating and collaborating on exciting projects, while honing in on your technical ability and own unique style, then our photography top-up could be for you. At Farnborough, we provide an applied course of study that produces graduates with high level skills, so you are able to work with confidence at graduate level. Our top-up degree is industry-led and applies underpinning concepts, the principles of creativity and allows you to pursue and develop your academic, technical and creative abilities. On completion of this top-up photography degree you will feel confident to showcase your specialism and style, ready for your to transition into industry as a professional photographer or in an associated profession. WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR? This degree is suitable for students with a foundation degree or HND in a relevant subject, who would like to gain a full honours degree. You might be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution. WHAT WILL I STUDY? This top-up degree sees the development of key skills and applications developed through your previous studies, with an aim to specialise and hone professional practices. The course will culminate in a self-initiated final project and the production of your portfolio.

Course details


• Research Methods • Final Major Project • Creative and Professional Futures • Contemporary Photography • Dissertation

Assessment method

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The assessment methods include a portfolio of practical work, production report, assessed coursework/assignments, formal assessment, formal examination, practical demonstrations, project reports and presentations. HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT? You will be taught through class-led technical and theoretical study. Over the duration of each module you will produce a visual response to a set brief that is backed up with written research and evaluation. As the course progresses greater emphasis is placed on you to build an independent visual language whilst at the same time placing a vocational context to work produced. Being taught over two full days per week, the course also gives you more flexibility in balancing work or family commitments.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeB93G
Institution code F66
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

QualificationOfferFurther information

Foundation Degree or equivalent, HE Level 5 in a relevant subject. Pass 50% average where classified.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
Channel Islands £8000 Year 1
EU £8000 Year 1
International £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Photography (Top-up) at University Centre Farnborough - UCAS